JIS News

Seven strategic areas, aimed at effecting positive change and renewal for the Jamaican people, were yesterday (Sept. 3) discussed at a National Transformation Programme (NTP) stakeholders meeting.
The topics looked at were: national parenting training, enforcement of laws, improved access to education and health, accountability and advocacy, increased social interventions, tackling strategic tipping points, and improved public service delivery.
About 100 persons drawn from churches, faith-based organisations, Ministries, private sector agencies, non-government organisations (NGO) and community-based organisations attended the meeting held at the Stella Maris Hall, Shortwood Road in Kingston.
Participants were divided into groups and were asked to prioritise the areas of focus and to state how they will be carried out and by whom. They were also asked to respond to the question: “How can you and your organisation help to advance the (NTP’s) Fresh Start/Fresh Look Campaign?”
“We got excellent feedback from the responses we have seen so far,” said National Director of the NTP, Rev. Al Miller. “They have engaged the process and they were able to help us to set the priority and agenda for the next few months. They are quite excited and committed and I think that there is a high commitment level,” he told JIS News.
The meeting also updated stakeholders on the recently completed strategic plan of the NTP, to get their feedback, and “to see whether we had captured their thoughts from the collaborations that we had last year,” Rev. Miller said. Participants were also reminded of their role in the national transformation process.
The NTP, branded ‘Fresh Start’, is a non-partisan initiative and is a partnership of the state, the church, the private sector and civil society. Its focus is on moral, social and economic interventions and the inculcating of 12 select national core values and attitudes necessary for individual prosperity, community development and sustainable growth of the national economy.
Rev. Miller told JIS News that while there is a high level of commitment to the programme, some persons have voiced their concerns about the potential for success and the dedication of “our leaders” to the process.
“There is that bit of skepticism but overall, they are saying that ‘we want it to happen so we are willing to work hard to help to make it happen’,” he stated.
Rev. Miller said the transformation programme will require the involvement of all citizens, as well as organised groups such as the church and NGOs.

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